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Dr Talat Ahmed
BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FRAS
Lecturer; South Asian History
Director of Equality and Diversity in HCA
Co-Director of Centre for South Asian Studies
Affiliated research centres
I studeid Sociology at the University of Leeds and then taught Sociology, Politics and History in Further Education for fifteen years before embarking on postgraduate study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I completed my Masters in South Asian Area Studies in 2002 and PhD in South Asian History in 2006. I have held lectureships in South Asian History at SOAS, 2006-2007; University of Leeds, 2007-2008; Goldsmiths College, University of London 2008-2011; and arrived in Edinburgh in 2011.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Comparative & Global History
- Early Modern
- Eighteenth Century
- Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth Century & After
My research interests broadly concern the intellectual, cultural and political history of modern South Asia. Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between culture and society with reference to early twentieth-century literary and artistic movements and the role of intellectuals as public figures is helping to shape civic discourse on matters of state and society. My research interests include South Asian film and history and the uses of filmic sources as mediums through which to investigate the historicising, making and re-making of modern identities; pre-modern state formation and economic development in early and medieval India; Indian soldiers and the colonial experience of war; the 1960s and the South Asian encounter.
- Gandhi and Popular Movements in India, 1915-1950 - Honours Special Subject
- Postcolonial South Asia - Hoonours elective
- Medieval Islamic Empires - Honours elective
- Global Connections - Pre-Honours
- Cinema and Society in South Asia - MSc
|Name||Degree||Thesis topic||Supervision type||Link|
|Samkutty Samuel, Sandhra||MScR||Ayahs, Memsahibs and the rule at home.||Primary|
|Naureen, Asma||PhD||The Punjab and Muslim nationalism, 1938-1947||Secondary|
|O'Connor, Mark||PhD||The Malayan Civil Service: The Evolving Role, Ideology and Complexion of an Administrative Elite at the Sunset of Empire, 1942 - 1957||Secondary|
T. Ahmed, Mohandas Gandhi: Experiments in Civil Disobedience, London: Pluto Press; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.
T. Ahmed, Literature and Politics in the Age of Nationalism: the Progressive Episode in South Asia, 1932-56, New Delhi: Routledge, 2009; Reprint 2018.
T. Ahmed, “The British Empire and the First World War: the colonial experience”, International Socialism, London, 2016, pp. 135-158.
T. Ahmed, 'Reflections on the Asiatic Mode of Production in India' Edinburgh Research Explorer, 2013, pp. 1-18.
T. Ahmed, “Gandhi: the man behind the myths”, International Socialism, 123, London, 2009, pp. 111-136.
T. Ahmed, “Writers and Generals: intellectuals and the first Pakistan coup”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, 45, 1, 2008, pp. 117-151.
T. Ahmed, “Realism in South Asian Cinema”, Film International, Issue 24, 4, 6, 2006, pp. 40-47
T. Ahmed, “Mulk Raj Anand: Novelist and Fighter”, International Socialism, 105, London, 2005, pp. 159-163.
T. Ahmed, “The Politics of Islamophobia” in Say in Loud: Marxism and the fight against racism, Bookmarks, London, 2013
T. Ahmed, "Gandhi's Legacy: Force of Will", BBC World Histories, 14, February/March 2019.